Thankfully, construction has been allowed to continue on in the midst of the COVID-19 changes taking place and the arches for the third floor of Bonnie Memorial Children's Home went up at the end of May! The supplies for the roof have also been purchased to complete the top of the 3rd level.
$1900 - Roof Materials
$1600 - Timber and Nails
$250 - Labor
Construction in Sierra Leone is much slower paced than what we see here in the US because they have no machinery or pre-made bricks. They have been building molds and mixing cement to create the blocks and pillars you see. Even as we are nearing the end of the building process we are unsure of exactly how much time the workers will need to finish. It will likely be over a month. The children are excited for their new space as you can imagine!
Construction continues on the Bonnie Memorial Childrens Home in Sierra Leone. Touch the Nations sent funds at the end of January for the purchase of a bundle of half inch steel rods, 20 star rods, half a roll of binding wires, 1 box of nails, 20 boxes of steel nails, 500 pans of granites, and 20 bags of cement in addition to $21 for transportation. These supplies will be used to complete the walls and structural support for the roof of the 3rd floor. Once the workers complete the work these supplies provide for they'll be able to move on to the final step - the roof!
Construction for the 3rd floor addition of Bonnie Memorial Children's Home (BMCH) officially began at the beginning of August! Construction in Sierra Leone is a process as bricks must be made from bags of cement mix and water, but builders are working hard and have already finished the floor and walls up to the windows!
So far we've been able to raise enough to get this project going as it is urgent to expand the space in the home, but more funds will be needed to complete the construction process.
We appreciate your past gifts and consideration of your continued support!
The Bonnie Memorial Children's Home (BMCH), originally constructed to house children orphaned by the recent Ebola crisis, has been expanded to also care for children orphaned by the mudslides and flooding last year. The original structure was designed to be two levels, but due to increased need, we have expanded it to three floors.
We have completed the concrete roof of the second level of the BMCH, and are waiting for it to dry (this will take over three weeks). While we wait to continue work on the third floor, we added an extra metal gate to the veranda - the main entrance to the BMCH facility - for security. This month, thanks to your generosity, we were also able to provide extra school supplies for the children.
We appreciate your generosity and continued support of these little ones!
There has been a lot of activity at the Bonnie Memorial Children's home (BMCH) this summer! A few weeks ago, the children at the home wrapped up the school year and participated in some special activities to celebrate. They performed a drama, shared some memory work, and ate a special meal in celebration of the end of their first year of school at the home.
Construction is also progressing. We are wrapping up the second level and have started our third and final level of construction. As soon as the top floor is complete, many of the children who now sleep in the first floor/basement will move to the top floor. This is especially important as the number of children who will be living at the home has increased. Although the orphanage was originally built to house children orphaned by Ebola, we are now also caring for children who were orphaned in the recent flooding and mudslides in Sierra Leone.
We are excited to report that we are fully funded for the second level, and have raised $15,000 of the $35,000 needed to complete the building. We are so grateful for your support and look forward to continuing to partner with you as we push to full completion of the project!
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